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Reader staffers share stories that fascinate, amuse, or inspire us.

Hey, did you read:

• That an American who went missing in Iran seven years ago was apparently on an unauthorized mission for the CIA? Mick Dumke

• That, as the government dithers, Ukraine protesters are rebuilding? Deanna Isaacs

• About Internet traffic “repeatedly over several months” getting rerouted through Belarus and Iceland? —John Dunlevy

• About how you can have your ashes pressed into vinyl when you die? (Custom record sleeve extra.) Aimee Levitt

The story of how Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie first got produced, as culled from the reminiscences of someone who was there? Tony Adler

• Or see the hilarious trailer for Gary Shteyngart’s forthcoming memoir? Sam Worley

• That @Tweetsofgrass is now on her/his fifth cycle of tweeting the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass, line by line? Tony Adler

• About Ariel Rechtshaid, a prolific music producer (this year alone for Vampire Weekend, Sky Ferreira, HAIM, and Charli XCX) whose distinct and distinctly anonymous sound defines indie-pop music in 2013? Tal Rosenberg

• That Beyonce released a massive “visual” album through iTunes last night? (It’s got 14 tracks and an additional 17 music videos.) Leor Galil

• How a T-shirt from an American bat mitzvah found its way to Nairobi? Tony Adler